Indigenous Education

School District No. 60’s Indigenous Education Curriculum Committee has produced a handbook to support staff with the integration of Indigenous Ways of learning and knowing within a google site. Please click on the link below to access the site which includes information about local Indigenous culture, lesson plans and maps.

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School District No.60 works collaboratively with all stakeholders on many projects to build upon the successes and enhance the life outcomes of our Aboriginal students.  As a system of caring partnerships, we are absolutely committed to increasing our Dogwood Graduation Rates for all students.

The SD60 Aboriginal Education Centre, the Aboriginal Council, District Staff and the Careers Department have created many initiatives together that enhance the learning of our Aboriginal students.  These projects include but are not limited to:

  • Cultural Program with In-class Mentors
  • Aboriginal Student Support Worker Program
  • Dance Program
  • Drumming Program
  • Career Training and Tickets Program
  • AB Transition Grad Coaches Program
  • Heroes Program

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Our Onsite Aboriginal Transition Coaches Program is one initiative dedicated to improving the success of our adolescent Aboriginal students.  We have provided a coach to the following schools in our district:  North Peace Senior Secondary, Energetic Learning Campus, Bert Bowes Middle School, Dr. Kearney Middle School and Prespatou School.

Our 2015-16 Aboriginal Transition Grad Coaches:

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Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 5.33.37 PMSample Learning Journey click here:  SD60 Learning Journey Sample

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Working closely with the Network of Inquiry and Innovation (NOII) and the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN), we highly value the use of the Spiral of Inquiry in our work with our Aboriginal Transition Coach Program.  By continually asking ourselves the three key questions, we know that we are responding to the needs of the students but we are also vigilant for successes so that we may also build on the many strengths we see in our children.

The three key questions:

  1. What is going on for our learners?
  2. How do we know?
  3. Why does this matter?

Our SD60 NOII Case Study can be found at this link:  SD60 Final AESN Case Study July 2015